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Backflow

Backflow Prevention

Backflow prevention is the method used to prevent polluted water from poisoning the water supply. Backflow devices or preventers are used to stop chemicals, oils, pesticides, fertilizers and so on from making their way to your kitchen faucet or bathtub. Backflow valves are required on any water system that has the potential to cause contamination. Building architects will design a plumbing system with backflow preventers and the county will demand one in many circumstances for public safety. Testing is necessary for all backflow valves to certify that they function as designed. Only trained technicians with a state certificate are allowed to test and submit backflow forms back to the water agency or county.

Backflow is caused by a main water service break or interruption, when the main pipe separates any open faucets or outside spigots will drain whatever water is left in the line down to the break. If a hose is left in a puddle of muddy water or maybe a hose adapted pesticide sprayer was in use those fluids could pollute an entire utility water system. The only way you will know whether or not you are drinking your own toilet tank water is if you use a colored toilet bowl cleaner. Every utility company in the United States receives several calls each week concerning "blue" water at the customers' kitchen sinks. California building codes require that any hose faucet (spigot) on the outside of a building have a vacuum breaker permanently attached to it. A vacuum breaker is one type of backflow device. One of these small safety valves could save an entire neighborhood from having contaminated water if it is properly installed.

Bigger backflow devices are used for commercial, industrial and municipal applications such as fire sprinkler systems and irrigation systems. Annual testing is required for the maintenance of these valves. Keeping check valves and relief valves in good condition is very important. When a leak is evident, a professional should be called quickly. Kurt Bohmer's Plumbing has service technicians on staff that are trained and certified to test and repair backflow valves. Backflow testing also gives us the opportunity to make sure there are no other issues. Keeping bills affordable is important for you and that means keeping your plumbing in good working order.

If you have recently received a notice that your backflow test documentation is due, simply call to schedule a test today. Many times the envelope ends up in a stack of bills and you may not realize until it's too late that it needed to be turned in. Just fill out the contact form below or call our office today to get that certificate taken care of. At Kurt Bohmer's Professional Plumbing we care about your health and the health of the community - that's why we are committed to get those valves working and certified quickly and properly.


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